Navin is an idiot. He grew up in Mississippi as adopted son of a black family but on his 18th birthday he feels he wants to discover the rest of the world and sets out to St. Louis. There everyone exploits his naivety, but then a simple invention brings him a fortune. Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
From rags to riches... to rags.
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Did You Know?
First of two "Jerk" movies. The second film, The Jerk, Too
(1984), was made and released about five years later, and was made for television, considered perhaps to be a pilot for a TV series. Steve Martin
did not reprise his role as Navin Johnson in the picture, it being instead being played by Mark Blankfield
, though Martin was credited for characters and did act as an executive producer on it. The title of The Jerk, Too
(1984), like Splash, Too
(1988), played on sequel conventions naming by playing on the word "Two" (meaning Part II) with the word "Too". See more
When Navin first receives the glasses from Stan Fox, the part of the glasses that hook around the ears have almost no hook to them. After Navin installs the nose bridge handle (the opti-grab), the glasses have normal ear hooks. See more
Navin R. Johnson
Huh? I am *not* a bum. I'm a jerk. I once had wealth, power, and the love of a beautiful woman. Now I only have two things: my friends, and... uh... my thermos. Huh? My story? Okay. It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember the days, sittin' on the porch with my family, singin' and dancin' down in Mississippi...
Pig Eye Jackson - Cat Juggler (Steve Martin) See more
Spoofed in Bowfinger
Pick A Bale Of Cotton
Sung by Sonny Terry
and Brownie McGhee
(as Brownie McGee)
Words and Music by Leadbelly
(as Huddie Ledbetter)
Collected and Adapted by John A. Lomax
and Alan Lomax See more